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Pines Audiobook

Pines

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Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Elle OREGON 05-01-14
    Elle OREGON 05-01-14

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Weird semi si-fantasy. Quite creepy"

    This novel is a bit creepy, a sort of Twilight Zoneish kind of writing. A real surreal sense of What the Hell???? happens to protagonist Ethan Burke when he arrives in, what appears to be a quiet Rocky mountain town. As the story arc continues the strangeness increases until the reader is just as confused as the protagonist..something I appreciate in a book-I like stories that I can't figure out ahead of time.

    This plot takes a lot of left turns without signaling and I found myself having to really pay attention to what I was listening to..something I'm not in the habit of doing as audio books are a kind of "listen while doing something else" thing for me. I had to rewind (in a digital way) several times. Ethan suffers several prisoner of war flashbacks that seem to effect him as he tries to make sense of his missing phone, wallet, inability to contact the world outside Idaho and the listener starts to wonder if he is going thru mental instability and everything is really as it should be. There was a real "Children of the Corn" moment in the book, as Ethan finds himself being chased by The Pines children as he runs, naked, thru the town trying to get away all the time knowing that theres no way of leaving the town. I was listening to this while my grand daughter was reading and she told me to put on headphones as the story was scaring her-shes 9.

    On the other side, I wondered why it took Ethan so long to decide thing in The Pines were not normal. Why didn't he go to a bank and tyy to contact his home bank for money? Why not call his credit card company and get a new card-and if he was unable to do these things, it seemed he would have figured out that the town was not normal sooner. It just wasn't what an average person would do, much less a Secret Service Agent.

    I'm sure some will think the story should rate 5 stars for excitement alone...but for me, it didn't. I couldn't get away from the B movie or TV series feeling, an Under the Dome, Outer Limits, TZ version of sci-fi/fantasy. it was good, but not that good. It held my attention but seemed -well-too contrived. I went between 3 and 4 stars. for me 3 is an average novel-nothing sterling or wonderful/nothing awful either. Just Meh..its ok. But it was more than that. It was a different story arc with a lot of but....why is this his thinking?

    I dunno. A strange book, worth a listen for a real fan of B grade movies and stories.

    The narrator was great, however. I've never listened to Paul Garcia before but I'll be sure to check out other audio books he's done. His work was real solid 5 star for me-masculine but not Dick Hill-ish in tone. Dramatic but not overdone. He does the weird parts very nicely, with a touch of irony that kind of got me on occasion.

    A good listen even for urban fantasy readers and a must listen for those who love the strange. Good luck!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Straub 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of fun until the big reveal"
    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist is a bit annoying but the story was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on. When it's finally revealed it's so stupid and illogical that I wanted to throw my phone across the room. I don't know how to explain it without completely spoiling it so I will just say that if you like stuff to make sense as far as science, biology and psychology should work then you will not like the ending. The more I think about it the more irritated I become so I am just going to stop now and try and purge this from my memory.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 12-03-13
    Amanda 12-03-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Shockingly frustrating!!!"

    Excellent story. I was getting quite frustrated for the character throughout the listen but could not put it down. Whipped thru it in a few days. Very unexpected conclusion!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rip van Winkle 05-25-14

    Sleep junkie

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    "Coulda been something"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    The concept for this book is great. The early parts of the book were suspenseful and well written. But as it went on, the repeated danger scenes and descriptions of violence that went on and on made the going pretty slow. And worst of all, the hero doesn't discover the answer to all the weirdness -- the villain TELLS him. Groan. What a let down.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept is a winner for sure. Original enough to keep the reader guessing about where it is going. Too many of the obvious questions the reader will have do not get satisfactorily answered, however. And without satisfactory answers, those questions leave huge holes in the story.


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the reader was fine.


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Chris Pine. (No pun intended.) But the tell-don't-show aspect of the story would have to be redone by a better writer for this to succeed on the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate being a party-pooper when the idea of this story is so good, but for myself, after a few days from finishing, I still can't shake the feeling that this listening was a waste of time for a fizzled out ending ( Although the end is okay. It isn't the resolution that's the problem; it's how we get there.)

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 08-26-14
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 08-26-14 Member Since 2016

    For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.

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    "Didn't Work For Me"

    I hate giving bad reviews but I spent a credit on this turkey based on some of the positive reviews I read, and then felt misled. I was bored from start to finish, and the only light at the end of the tunnel was the promise of a kick-ass reveal in the end. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. I'd have bought any number of explanations...except the one given. But honestly, I'd mostly checked-out by then anyway.

    In addition to a protagonist who I felt was never fully fleshed-out and therefore, unsympathetic, the storyline plodded along at the pace of paint drying. The writing was just average; not good enough to be inspired nor bad enough to be amateurish.

    Regarding the narrator, he did a decent job given what he had to work with, so I can't fault him.

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 12-09-13
    Patricia 12-09-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Maybe a B movie - definitely a D-- book"

    Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 11-18-15
    Mike Murphy 11-18-15

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "slow, frustrating, dark and ultimately pointless"

    I bought this book because it was being hyped (and reduced in price) by audible and Fox have made a series from it called “Wayward Pines” so, why not?

    “Pines” is competently written and well narrated. It just didn’t do it for me.

    Other than being persistent, dangerous and extraordinarily tough to kill, the main character is not very interesting. I really didn’t care what happened to him.

    The town of Wayward Pines is spooky and the “What the hell is going on here?” question kept me moving through the chapters.

    The more I read, the more violent and depressing the whole thing became.

    I’ve seen “Pines” compared to “Twin Peaks”. I don’t think the comparison stands. In the end, “Twin Peaks” was a series of cool scenes that made no sense. “The owls are not what they seem” – who cares? “Pines” does make sense. There is a compelling, if somewhat far-fetched, premise that explains everything.

    The problem I had was that, while the premise explained everything, it justified nothing: not the actions of the main villain, certainly not the actions of the delightful citizens of Wayward Pines, not even the ultimately pointless struggle of the main character. This is not one of those occasions where the truth will set you free. I found the whole thing anticlimactic.

    I could have lived with that, except that Blake Crouch put me through scenes of extreme violence and cruelty to get me to this, for me, unsatisfactory outcome. Crouch writes well enough that I will remember those scenes, even though, in retrospect, I understand them as exploitative.

    Still, he’s not to blame for me reading the scenes, nor how I reacted to them.

    There are two more books in the series. Someone must love them. Probably the same people who enjoyed “Prison Break” and “The Sopranos”.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Welcome to Wayward Pines"

    Ethan Burke, secret service agent, is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to find and retrieve two missing federal agents. He soon discovers that things aren't quite what they seem to be in Wayward Pines.

    I won't give anything away, but I loved the ending, it was surprising; it left me wanting more, so I immediately moved onto "Wayward". Thank goodness I read this after the series was finished so I didn't want to wait for the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Something is not right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start. After that Blake Crouch slowly reveals just how wrong things are as you experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Ethan is not the type to let things go and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.

    If your listening experience is like mine then you will formulate and discard many theories as you listen until the big reveal finally comes. The reveal itself was a surprise but it wasn't completely fulfilling as some of the explanation given didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging.

    This story is like one long Twilight Zone episode so if you like that type of fiction then give it a go otherwise this is not for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Ferguson 09-27-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Not Completely Sold"
    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    Idea of what happens next.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointing.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    It was very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The workup was excellent but the ending became contrived & ridiculous. The very ending was ok, but the workup was less than ideal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Katie
    6/8/15
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    "Odd but strangely compelling!"

    Frustrating at first as I kept saying 'why don't you...' But got over that and then got stuck into it and had to listen at every available opportunity til the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
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    6/5/14
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr W.
    6/25/15
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    "My kind of book."

    Immediately engaging story with a relentless pace. Narration was spot on, thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait to get the next instalment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • IW Rutter
    9/24/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    A good book with a very interesting and thought provoking story on many levels. I found it a little slow to start but once I stuck with it I did enjoy this book. It is very edge of seat stuff at times and I would recommend to people that like a thriller with a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LJ
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    "Saw the twist coming a mile off"

    Good performance of an ok story. A little cliched here and there but not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/20/17
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    "Creepy as hell"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This audiobook has a really unsettling atmosphere which really adds to the story.The plot had me gripped all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    BROADSTONE, United Kingdom
    4/12/17
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    "Another brilliant story by Crouch!"

    Really, really enjoyed this! After Dark Matter I was struggling to find something as good. Tried Annihilation (save yourself the trouble, got a refund on that) and then I had an epiphany - why not just try more Blake Crouch. So I went for Pines, the first story in the Wayward Pines trilogy and wasn't disappointed.

    Pines spans so many genres and has a real foreboding quality to it. Although you can't work out what is happening, you can see it's definitely not good! There are twists and turns that take the story in very different directions and then bring it right back on course. It's another great idea that wouldn't have occurred to me, but I was sold!

    I would say if you like sci-fi, mystery, thriller and perhaps a touch of horror; this is definitely for you! I'm there, and will be reading the rest of the trilogy as soon as I can!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misspelt
    4/6/17
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    "Eeeek!"

    It's easy to see why the US dramatised this.

    I suspect it'll come across on the tv a little bit like Lost/Twin Peaks/The 100 etc. for quite a few episodes since very little makes sense for some time. It ticks along quite well but does leave you hoping for the plot to move to a viewable point. Once you understand the age issue, which I had hoped would be explained a lot earlier than it was, the fuller picture comes out and is worthwhile. I'll be listening to the next one soon to find out what happens next.....

    Well worth listening to and I enjoyed the narration. Speed at 1.40.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Gibbons
    Ireland
    3/17/17
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    "not great"

    light trashy type of read as far as post apocalyptic genre goes, don't know how this gets a good rating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss S. Jenkinson
    Liverpool, England
    2/18/17
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    "great story"

    loved the characters and the mystery. got so caught up in it I listened to it far too quickly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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